Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Mike Calloway
Championship Wrestling 1987
again wrestling fans and all the Kayfabe
Once again its time to look back at the
action of CCW, this month we look at 1987.
going on to this months article I would like
to touch on a couple items that have happened
since the last time we were here. Firstly,
former Southeastern and Alabama Heavyweight
Champion and forever "Fabulous Freebird"
Terry Gordy sadly passed away. I was lucky
enough to see "Bamm Bamm" in action
for several months in 1982 during Gordy's run
in Southeastern and he was totally awesome to
see. I was also lucky enough to make the trip
to Birmingham, Alabama in August, 2001 for the
Terry Gordy Tribute Card and it was a very
emotional night, especially during the playing
of the Lynryd Skynyrd anthem "Freebird"
and seeing Michael Hayes and Terry's son Ray
come out to that music and wearing the
Freebird "colors". RIP Terry Gordy.
On a more obscure note, yet a sad
moment as well was the passing of Gulf Coast
Wrestling star Greg Peterson. Condolences as
well to the Peterson family.
*Bong* *Bong* *Bong* *Bong* *Bong* *Bong*
*Bong* *Bong* *Bong*
1987 began Kevin Sullivan was the reigning
Continental Champion and also still the
manager to Chris Von Colt and the team of the
Headhunters. Sullivan's main two adversaries
were the masked Tennessee Stud (Ron Fuller)
and the Bullet (Bob Armstrong). However by
February the "Mystic One" would lose
the services of his army of misfits as Colt
would leave the area and in a strange twist
lose control of his Headhunter tag team to
Buddy Landel in a dressing room card game in
Knoxville, Tennessee that was aired on CCW TV.
The Tennessee Stud garnered the Continental
title from Sullivan in early February but
rather than attempting to regain the title
Sullivan became involved in a feud with
newcomer Doug Furnas. During a cage match in
Knoxville, Sullivan attacked Knoxville
promoter Bob Polk and the former Tennessee Vol
and world-renowned power lifter Furnas came to
Polk's defense. Furnas would come under the
tutelage of Ron Fuller during these battles
with Sullivan and his new cohort in crime Ron
Wright. By March though Sullivan was no longer
appearing in Birmingham for the CCW TV tapings
and only wrestling on the Knoxville house
shows. Nancy Sullivan aka known as Fallen
Angel was also appearing by Sullivan's side
for the Knoxville shows.